This 3D Earthquake Depiction Was Printed on a Set of Tiles

When you hear people talk about inspiration hitting them, you usually picture someone being inspired while listening to a song or hearing somebody talk or watching someone do something phenomenal -- but for Doug McCune, inspiration literally hit hard in the form of an earthquake, leading him to create a unique 3D-printed earthquake visualization.

Following a large earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood, McCune downloaded tremor data from the US Geological Survey, and decided to combine his knowledge of data visualization and 3D printing.

Ustom custom-built software capable of converting two-dimensional data into a 3D model, McCune converted the earthquake's two-dimensional color-based visual representation into a 3D earthquake visualization using height -- instead of color -- to communicate intensity. The visualization was then printed onto a set of tiles arranged to represent the Bay Area.